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01-01-2015 | Non-melanoma skin cancer | Article

1. Epidemiology and Aetiology of Non-melanoma Skin Cancer

Authors: MBBS, MIPH, MS Zubair Hasan, BSc, MBBS, FRACS Faruque Riffat

Publisher: Springer India

Abstract

Skin cancer can be categorized broadly into cutaneous melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) are the most common types of NMSC. Apart from these, rarer cutaneous malignancies, such as Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) and malignancies of the adnexal structures, also occur. NMSC is by far the most common malignancy encountered in the human body, and is found frequently in primary care settings, which makes it an important public health consideration. It is managed by a variety of medical practitioners, being of multidisciplinary interest to otolaryngologists, head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, radiation oncologists, and primary care physicians.

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